Pony Express

Parent Newsletter: Week of 9/26 - 30

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How to Read this Newsletter in Your Preferred Language

Dear Readers: If you need this newsletter translated into Spanish or another preferred language, please click on the web link provided at the top of the newsletter or anywhere on the newsletter itself and a new tab will automatically open in your browser. You will then be able to access the Translation Feature at the top, right-hand side of the newsletter.

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Pony Priorities

  • Doors open at 7:40 a.m. for students; school starts at 8:05 a.m. Please note, that students dropped off before 7:40 a.m. will be unsupervised.
  • All BUS riders MUST ride their assigned bus in the morning and afternoon. Bus routes, pick-up, and drop-off times can be found here.
  • Students are considered tardy after 8:05 a.m. and absent after 9:30 a.m.
  • All car riders should be picked up and dropped off at the front entrance. Please do not block the flow of traffic.
  • Breakfast is served from 7:40 a.m. to 8:05 a.m.
  • All students MUST adhere to the dress code daily - jeans, navy or khaki pants, shorts, skirts; red, white, or blue collared/polo shirt or school spirit shirt; students may wear a college shirt on Fridays.
  • All students are greeted at Threshold by every teacher!
  • Students may not be picked up after 2:50 p.m.
  • All transportation changes must be submitted in writing no later than 2:50 p.m.
  • Dismissal begins at 3:25 p.m.
  • All students must be picked up no later than 3:45 p.m.

Revised 8/21/22

Ponderosa SWAG

Click here to purchase adult and youth Ponderosa apparel.

Dress Code Reminder

The 2022 - 23 school year is well underway. As a reminder, students are required to meet the dress code expectations outlined below. Please also review the benefits of a standardized dress code. If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out to the campus.

Standardized Dress Code Benefits:

  • It makes it simpler and easier to get dressed for the school day
  • It allows students to concentrate on school activities
  • It limits the distractions that may arise in the classroom
  • It limits the amount of mocking/teasing that occurs in the classroom due to differences in appearance/clothing items

Uniform Tops:
Red, white, or blue collared shirt or Ponderosa spirit shirt Monday - Thursday. Students may wear a college shirt on Fridays.

Uniform Bottoms: Khaki, navy Blue, or blue jean pants (no rips, tears, jeggings, or tights).

Skirts, dresses, & shorts MUST approach the knee.

Safety Reminder

Use of a wireless communication device is prohibited in a school zone unless the driver is using a hands-free device or the vehicle is stopped, according to Texas Transportation Code. Statewide, drivers face $200 tickets if caught using cell phones in school zones while the car is in motion.

Let's work together to keep our Ponderosa family safe by refraining from talking and texting while in a school zone. Safety is everyone's responsibility!

Updated COVID-19 Guidance

As we begin the new school year, we wanted to provide you with updated protocols related to the reporting of positive COVID-19 cases as a result of recent changes in guidance from the CDC. Spring ISD is not under a mask mandate this school year, but masks are allowed and discretionary based on student and staff health needs.

Within the linked document provided in this email, you will find information related to both student and staff reporting procedures and quarantine protocols.

Please review the complete document linked here for students and here for staff members, which both contain a link to the COVID Positive Test Form that will need to be completed for any student or staff member who reports positive test results.

Koala Kare

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Koala Kare is now offered at Ponderosa Elementary. Koala Kare offers affordable before and afterschool care from 6:30 am - 6:30 pm for Ponderosa students by Ponderosa teachers and staff. NCI is accepted! Visit https://www.koalakare-llc.com/ or contact Pamela Irby at 713-205-6294.

License Number: 1731806

Weekly Snapshot

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New This Week

Hispanic Heritage Month

Nickelodeon Celebrates 🎉 Hispanic Heritage Month | Nick
Join the Celebración! | Hispanic Heritage Month Original Song | Animated Music Video
Pepe And The Parade - Children Story For Hispanic Heritage Month

A Trip Around the World

Friday, Oct. 7th, 9:30-10:15am

This is an online event.

Join us via Zoom as we celebrate cultures around the world. Students and staff are invited to wear cultural attire that represents the diverse cultures at Ponderosa Elementary.

Students will also participate in activities throughout the day representative of a variety of Hispanic cultures and traditions.

Zoom Link: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/71321532560?pwd=HXUqUa439o2bNza0AYPaGimQOp3PRL.1

Passcode: Ponderosa

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Recap of Last Week

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Every year, from September 15 through October 15, Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated to recognize the achievements and contributions of Hispanic American champions who have inspired others to achieve success. The influences of these fellow Americans have been highlighted for more than 50 years, first proclaimed by President Johnson in 1968.

Spring ISD is located in one of the most diverse areas in the country. Every day, we celebrate the fact that our students, families, and staff come from all walks of life, with a truly diverse community that varies in thought, experience, and worldview.

From our emergent bilingual programs to our traditional Hispanic performing arts to Spanish-immersive curriculum, Spring ISD aims to highlight, preserve, and celebrate the district’s Hispanic heritage every single day.

You are invited to help celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, all month long! You can highlight yourself, a student, a teacher, a staff member, or anyone else from the Spring ISD community who deserves a shoutout. Just submit using this Google form.

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Technology Help and Resources

Log into HAC to see your child's grades!

As we prepare to release progress reports and report cards this fall, we wanted to remind you of how to check your child’s grades on the Home Access Center.

To get started, log into the myspringisd portal and into HAC. Once there, you will find a "Grades" tab. When you click on "Grades", you will see where to locate your child’s progress report (IPR), report cards and more.

Remember, the username and password you use to log into the portal is the same username and password for logging into HAC. Also, parents should log in using their credentials, not their student’s.

Staying connected with your child’s academic progress is a great way to ensure your student’s success in school. See the attached handouts (Found under "Additional Resources") in English and Spanish for step-by-step directions.

mySpringISD Portal

Access the portal, Schoology, the Home Access Center (HAC) and more. User guides can be found under "Additional Resources".

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Click HERE to access STAAR Scores

Click here to access STAAR reports for current 4th and 5th grade students.

Download the SISD Mobile App!

Our new and improved mobile app features a personalized experience so parents and guardians can easily use their smartphone to access important student information. See the steps below!

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Order Pictures TODAY!

Picture Day is Friday, October 14. Students must wear their school uniform for fall pictures.

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Ponderosa Elementary Book Fair

The Book Fair is around the corner. Click the link below to set up your eWallet for a cash-free experience and to shop online starting October 21.

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Kid's Against Bullying

Click here to learn more about what bullying is, what it looks like, and how you can help!

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Community Information

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Check out ‘Community Happenings’

The district is launching a new webpage at www.springisd.org/happenings to serve as a one-stop shop for flyers that come in from community organizations and businesses. Spring ISD does not endorse any organization or service listed.

Parent Resources